Minister voted against earlier Easter trading bill

first_imgStuff co.nz 25 August 2015Workplace relations minister Michael Woodhouse voted against liberalising Easter Trading laws just three years ago.Woodhouse has just passed the baton to councils saying they will now decide whether shops can open on Easter Sunday.He said the yesterday this was because current rules are arbitrary and unfair to businesses.But in June 2012 he opposed a member’s bill from National colleague Jacqui Dean to relax rules in Otago.Other National MPs who voted against the proposed legislation were ministers Gerry Brownlee and Sam Lotu-liga, as well as Chester Borrows, Tim Macindoe, Alfred Ngaro, Simon O’Connor and Jonathan Young.Prime Minister John Key voted in favour.It was defeated 70 votes to 49.http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/71418183/Minister-voted-against-earlier-Easter-trading-bill?cid=app-iPhoneUnions wary of Easter trading law changes3News 25 August 2015Wanaka retailers appear to have finally won their decades-long battle for the right to open on Easter Sunday.But there are concerns the proposed protections for workers who want to take an Easter holiday won’t have any teeth.Conservative lobby groups are also opposed to the changes, saying stores are already open almost every day of the year.“Public holidays are traditions. They create rituals for families, not based on shopping but on celebrating together, reconnecting, and making memories,” says Family First director Bob McCoskrie.“Poll after poll has shown that both parents and children want to spend more time doing family things like picnics and holidays together. However, this is becoming increasingly difficult.”http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/unions-wary-of-easter-trading-law-changes-2015082508#axzz3jsPmxaUkCatholic Church ‘appalled’ at changes to Easter tradingStuff co.nz 27 August 2015The Catholic social justice agency is “appalled” by the Government’s proposed changes to Easter Sunday trading restrictions.On Monday, the Government announced it is changing “arbitrary” national Easter Sunday trading restrictions.Currently, public holidays are observed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and Sunday is a restricted trading day. Some tourist towns, such as Queenstown and Taupo, are exempt from the heavy restrictions on trading.Under new legislation, the decision to allow shops and garden centres to stay open will be handed to councils.Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand said the decision to liberalise Easter trading hours to local councils will have negative implications for families and communities.Director Julianne Hickey said the agency was “surprised and appalled” by the proposed legislation.http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/71521798/catholic-church-appalled-at-changes-to-easter-trading.htmllast_img read more

Virat Kohli: One8 Commune to provide 30,000 meals amidst lockdown

first_imgMUMBAI: One8 Commune, a brand that India captain Virat Kohli is associated with, has pledged to provide 30,000 meals to those in need during tough COVID-19 times. Kohli shared the story on his Instagram handle wherein there are photos of workers preparing food packets for the needy who are struggling to bring food to their table. Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates AB de Villiers and Kohli had put up equipments — that were used during their historic partnership against Gujarat Lions in 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) — on auction in order to raise funds for fight against coronavirus pandemic. de Villiers had taken to social media to upload images of the signed equipments and announced all the proceeds will go to both the countries in their respective fights against the ongoing crisis. The duo struck the highest-ever partnership in the history of the tournament when they put together 229 runs against Gujarat in the 2016 edition of the IPL. Both the players slammed respective centuries during the course of the historic partnership. Kohli also used the repost option to share de Villiers’ post onto his Instagram account for his followers to see and take part in the auction. IANS Also Read: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell picks Virat Kohli over Steve Smith Also Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over corona viruslast_img read more

Thomas’ overtime goal salvages victory against Boston College, ACC tournament home game for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Alex Halis walked away dejectedly after his point-blank shot bounced off Boston College goalkeeper Alex Kapp’s fingertips late in the second half. Chris Nanco hung his head after Kapp made a leaping save on a floater to the top of the goal. Korab Syla lay on the ground, clutching his face after his open shot sailed well over the goal in overtime.But with 7:21 left in the second and final overtime, a game that seemingly contradicted Syracuse’s 14-2-1 season suddenly fit into the rest of the narrative.Skylar Thomas broke through a scrum in front of the goal, pumping his fist and running up the SU sideline celebrating his goal that decided a game that close all night.“I can’t even remember much,” Thomas said. “But I think (the ball) came down on my foot, and I just hit it on net, and it went in.”The No. 3 Orange (14-2-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) overcame 12 missed shots and nine unconverted corners in the second half and overtime to win 2-1 over Boston College (5-8-3, 1-6-1) on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday. The Orange dominated possession and shots in the second half, and it paid off in the game’s waning moments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is now guaranteed to host an ACC tournament quarterfinal game on Nov. 9, one season after missing the tournament completely.“For us today, it shows a lot of character, a lot of resolve to come back, and it took overtime,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “You may argue that this is one of the bigger wins for our program.“We created a lot of chances tonight, but to get that last one was important.”Boston College got on the board just 11 minutes in when Diego Medina-Mendez sent a shot across the box. The shot missed his teammates, Syracuse defenders, and eventually the hands of goalkeeper Alex Bono as it hit the bottom-left corner of the goal.Mendez, shocked, looked back a moment before raising his arms up in the air.But Syracuse got it back just over 17 minutes later. Right wing Oyvind Alseth got trucked inside the box and moments later Nick Perea was celebrating his penalty kick equalizer.The Orange, facing a deficit for the first time since Sept. 13, had dug its way out. Now it was Syracuse on the offensive, getting every opportunity.It’s second goal seemed like it would be inevitable, but time after time it escaped SU.“Since we haven’t been down, we didn’t know how to react,” Thomas said. “But we reacted properly, we raised our level.”After the first overtime, McIntyre walked out to the field, a smile on his face. He walked up to the individual players walking slowly off the field and started clapping to them.A crowd that had grown accustomed to cheering, whether from the full stands or the hill behind the far side goal had spent a night groaning with missed opportunities.And on SU’s final chance of the night, the roar of the crowd was faint. A mess of players blocked the view of the goal, as the play that unfolded was out of the fans’ sight. But as Thomas emerged, his 6-foot, 3-inch frame escaping every one of his frantic teammates, the cheer became louder and louder.“One word,” Alex Halis used to describe the game. “Heart. We’ve got heart. We fought and we fought. Coach always told us that we’re a second half team, and we proved it tonight. Comments Published on November 1, 2014 at 12:08 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Our Lady’s boss says players are made of right stuff

first_imgHe believes the players he has at his disposal are made of the right stuff. They take on De La Salle Waterford in the semi-finals of the prestigious provincial competition in Bansha tomorrow afternoon.If they can get through the class of 2015/16 will hope to add to the Tipperary school’s sole victory in 1978.Tom Byrnes is manager of the team.last_img